From the Prologue, featuring one of the main protagonists, Ben Barron, and one of my favorite characters to write, Nika Rabdim.
Nika whistled as the door slid open and she climbed into the driver’s seat. “I don’t know how you do it.”
Barron kept his expression neutral while entering the hovercraft. “Charming wit? Handsome good looks?”
“Yeah, yeah.” Nika waved her hand dismissively, but she was smiling. “And that’s why we fly with you – not the exorbitant salaries you pay us.”
Barron chuckled at her. “And don’t you forget it.”